Pittsburgh Opens itself Up with Neighborhood Data Tool

  • The Pittsburgh Department of Innovation & Performance’s Analytics and Strategy team has built an app, which also is available as a website, as part of an effort to increase openness and accessibility to city data.
  • The app, called Burgh’s Eye View, includes a range of public records such as crime statistics, building code violations and excessive noise complaints.
  • Each night, the city submits data to the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, a website that contains public information, much of which was previously accessible only through Right-to-Know requests.
  • Burgh’s Eye View includes information about arrests, non-traffic citations, building permits and 311 service requests about broken sidewalks, graffiti and potholes.
  • Over time, city officials will increase the amount and variety of data it publishes on the app
  • The app is part of a bigger database of maps city departments have used for about a year.
  • It will be an open source application, which means other municipalities will be able to use and modify the program’s computer code to provide a similar tool for their own residents.

“Burgh’s Eye View brings that transparency directly to the citizens of Pittsburgh, and more importantly transforms the experience of open government — by making it truly accessible to everyone”.

-Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh’s mayor.

Pittsburgh downtown skyline. Photo by Wikipedia user MGA73bot2.
Pittsburgh’s downtown skyline. Photo by Wikipedia user MGA73bot2.

Feature image by Burgh’s Eye View/City of Pittsburgh.


Author: Nicholas Efthimiadis

Seattle grown. Avid skier and occasional ski racer. Passionate about all things urban (particularly transportation & housing). University of Washington 2016 graduate: BA in Economics and a minor in Urban Design and Planning. Extensive experience in fictitious cartography and sand-city molding.

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